I think it's O.K. to give them space to do things that they like. I guess I have learned that given I live with three guys. My kids are really into sports (soccer). They are young and they are obsessed with this and also with football so I am not sure what it will be like as they get older. My husband on the other hand is not much into sports except football but is big time into Finance and the Markets.
I don't share their passion (neither for finance nor for sports). I like creative things but that's why we have multiple t.v's
. I can watch or read or bake or cook or do whatever I like while they follow what they want. You can't have their attention all the time so I say give him his space and that will make for a happy relationship.
Oh and IntheKitchen, I could not help but laugh after reading your post. I gotta give you kudos for putting up with that.
BTW: Shaheen what about the cricket craze. Back home if there was anything that drove me insane was people's obsession with cricket and how work schedules and social events had to be arranged around that. Then there was tennis as well. As a kid sometimes I was glued to the television watching Navratilova and Graff fight it out.